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Run Off  Election March 31, 2018! Who is Who - Samura Vs. Bio

Abdul Hassan Fackie,
Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Presidential run off election 2018 is here today!

The most topical point of discussions right now across Sierra Leone and especially the diaspora is the Presidential run off election that will take place today March 31, 2018 between the two leading contenders who emerged in the March 7th, 2018 Presidential election between retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and Dr. Samura Kamara of the All Peoples Congress (APC).

In Freetown, depending on who you talk to, based on their political leanings, one school of thought will tell you that Julius Maada Bio will win the election while another school will insist that Samura Kamara is surely going to be the next President on Saturday March 31, 2018.

While I will safely state with certainty that the two gentlemen are hugely popular and widely accepted right across the country, predicting who will win the Presidency on today cannot just be ascertained because of the variables and constants that they and their parties enjoy.

Without argument, it is an established fact that both parties have their traditional crowds and traditional strong holds which will never change their allegiance to any other party, notwithstanding the changing times and the performance of both parties.

In this scenario, the SLPP has massive support in the South East of the country while the APC is in complete command of the North, North West and West of the country.

There is also a large percentage of people who do not belong to any political party who normally swing the votes.

Another twist that has come into the equation is the large number of political political parties, numbering fifteen, that are now declaring support on a daily basis, for either the APC or the SLPP.

As an objective commentator, I want to posit that based on the findings of many surveys that have been conducted by credible institutions and institutions, Samura Matthew Wilson Kamara seems to have taken a slight lead over Julius Maada Bio in recent days mainly because of what observers describe as his fatherly, cultured, mature and mild temperament while Julius Maada Bio seems to have angered a lot of people for what they refer to his aggressive, militant, uncompromising and arrogant nature. However, it has to be noted that his much vaunted educational policy of free education for children from Primary Class 1 right through Junior Secondary School up to Senior Secondary 3 instead Senior Secondary School 4 that now exists, has won a lot of support for him. 

In my many years of being a Media Analyst and Social Commentator, I have correctly predicted the results or expected outcomes of many contests or issues, but predicting who is going to win the Presidency between these two gentlemen has made me into the trickster soothsayer, who, not sure what to tell a pregnant woman on the sex the child she will give birth to, told her that if it is not a boy it will be a girl.

So if you want my prediction on who is going to be the next President of the Republic of Sierra Leone after the election on Saturday, 31 March, 2018, I can tell you with certainty that if it is not Julius Maada Bio then definitely it will be Samura Matthew Wilson Kamara.

Can you read my lips?